- There was a mild drama in Nasarawa as judiciary workers disrupted court sitting, chased out litigants, lawyers
- The action was an expression of the union’s dissatisfaction over the state government’s inability to meet their demands
- Some of the judiciary workers' demands include lifting of embargo on staff conversion and advancement, implementation of the financial implication promotion and annual increment
- The union has been on an indefinite strike since November 13, 2018
The Nasarawa state chapter of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), on Thursday, April 11, disrupted court sittings and chased out litigants and lawyers who appeared in courts in Akwanga local government area of the state.
NAN reports that JUSUN shut down the high court, upper area court, chief magistrates’ court, grade I Area court, all in Akwanga local government area of the state.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Solomon Iyigulu, the state public relation officer (PRO) of the union expressed the union’s dissatisfaction over the state government’s inability to meet their demands.
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Iyigulu said that the union was in Akwanga to ensure total compliance of the strike which began on November 13, 2018 as well as to ensure that no activity takes place in courts not only in Akwanga but the entire state.
He said: “I call on our members to continue to remain resolute, remain at home and be law abiding until they hear further directive from us.''
Legit.ng gathers that some state government and private lawyers and litigants who came for their cases expressed disappointment as courts remained locked by the JUSUN.
NAN also reports that some of the JUSUN officials who carried leaves, shouted slogans like: ''pay us our salary and meet our demands if not” ”we will continue to disrupt courts proceedings across the state”.
NAN reports that the demands, according to JUSUN, include lifting of embargo on staff conversion and advancement, lifting of embargo on staff in service training, stoppage of deductions on staff of high court salary and refund of same and implementation of the financial implication promotion and annual increment.
NAN reports that on November 13, 2018, the state JUSUN commenced an indefinite strike following the failure of state’s chief judge to meet their demands on welfare issues.
JUSUN also rejected in total the scraping of the customary court of appeal in the state.
Other issues are that the National Judicial Commission (NJC) have given three slots for the appointment of judges into the customary court in 2018, but nothing was done to reopen the court up till now.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that popular TV broadcaster Kadaria Ahmed had been threatened over her role in the protest staged in Abuja over the mindless killings going on in Zamfara states.
The killing in Zamfara state had been partly attributed to the spate of unchecked illegal mining in the state.
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